3 Steps to Make Your Home Pollen-Free

pollen in the airIf you suffer from allergies, chances are you know the negative effects of pollen in the air. If you’re experiencing sneezing, watering eyes, difficulty breathing and more in your home, you probably have pollen or other allergens contaminating your indoor air.

As a homeowner, there are three questions that you must ask yourself to prevent pollen from entering your home, and maintain fresh and clean air.

Question #1: Am I Getting the Most out of my HEPA Filters?

HEPA filters serve two purposes when it comes to home comfort. Firstly, they prevent dust, pollen, and other pollutants from contaminating your AC system. They provide a constant stream of clean air to the unit, making it more efficient. HEPA filters also improve your indoor air quality by trapping these pollutants before they get a chance to enter your indoor air. If your filters are dirty or clogged, you will notice your AC straining to work efficiently, as well as an increase in allergy symptoms.

To effectively prevent pollen from entering your home, we recommend changing your HEPA filter at least twice per year and inspect it often to see if it needs to be changed more often. In most cases, homes with smokers, pets, and allergy sufferers will want to change their filters more often for total indoor comfort.

Question #2: Am I Active During Peak Pollen Hours?

Throughout the day, there are certain times when pollen is known to be at its peak. These times are usually quite early in the morning and then between 10 am and 3 pm. If you or a family member struggles with pollen, consider planning outdoor activities around these times so that you are not opening and closing your door during peak pollen hours. Keeping your windows closed during these times will also keep pollen out of your home.

Question #3: Is my House Overly Humid?

humidityExcess humidity is not good for your home or relieving allergy symptoms. Although medical professionals and allergy experts state that humid air is more effective at removing pollen from the air, it also creates the perfect climate for mold, dust mites and other spores to grow. Keeping the humidity in your home below 50% will reduce allergy symptoms, help you breathe better and create an environment with clean air.

In most cases, your AC effectively cools and condenses the air, removing humidity, but for homes with excess humidity, a whole-home dehumidifier may be the better option to improve air quality all year long.

The experts at Priced Right Heating and Cooling, in St. Lenexa, KS can help solve all your HVAC and indoor air quality needs. Call 913-713-5911 today and find out how we can help remove pollen from your home.